Love this annual event. Last year the First Family was there. The Library of Congress blog link:
I am rounding up from last year to 3.1416:
Happy PI DAY 2016
Let me shoot down your thoughts quickly… no it was not a 1st-person-shooter like DOOM, nor an arcade like Missile-Defense game either. It was a card game; No it was not WAR (just stop it)!
It is a solitaire like card game invented by none other than British Prime Minister (WWII), Winston Churchill!
Proceeds (a portion) go to charities for UK & USA veterans. This is no simple solitaire.
To the #STEM worker geek in me it is a most auspicious time. Stanczyk wishes to note that it is PI day:
3/14/15 9:26:53 (or perhaps you prefer 3.141592653 for short). I know this is irrational. PI is irrational too. An irrational number that cannot be expressed exactly as a ratio of two numbers in a fraction. Try with these fractions: 22/7, 333/106, 355/113, 52163/16604, 103993/33102, and 245850922/78256779
Last year (2014) a guy spent 208 days computing PI to 13,300,000,000,000 digits and then a little over a week to verify its correctness.
Take a circle, any circle. Measure its circumference and its diameter. Now divide the circumference length by the diameter. What do you get? This precise moment! 3/14/15 9:26:53 . This moment will not occur again for another twelve hours (if you use a twelve hour clock) and then not again for another hundred years. It should have been known 26 centuries BC (when they built the great pyramid) and now its the 21 more times, so this precise moment has occured no more than 47 times since PI ‘s 1st known use.
Happy PI day and Happy Birthday Einstein too!
I read something said by the 6’7″ Quarterback from New Mexico and UM commitment (flipped from Texas), Zach Gentry who was so psyched when he received a very special phone call.
“When Harbaugh is calling, you’re excited”, was what the QB Gentry said that is going around sports writers laptops these days.
So Stanczyk, immediately thought, “There’s a meme here!” SO … what I want my friends to do is when you end an email or a Facebook or Twitter or even a blog post, write … ‘Gotta Go #JimHarbaughCalling’ — even if you are writing/emailing President Obama!!!
——- Gotta Go #JimHarbaughCalling 📱 ][v][ #GoBlue ——-
The Offical website – http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/
Round 1 Was an exciting ebb and flow back and forth between Carlsen (black) and Anand (white) which wound down to a DRAW. http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/8393-wccm-round-1-draw.html
The moves with analysis can be found here …
Round 2 is today: 9th-November-2014 in five minutes ! Live Analysis is here.
Stanczyk enjoys PBS and Genealogy. PBS has the excellent series Antique Roadshow so why not a Genealogy Roadshow? This is another fine genealogical series that complements the excellent work by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr (Finding Your Roots).
Well the PBS crew, featuring genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco are coming to Philadelphia, October 25th and 26th to film. This will be broadcast during the winter season coming up.
You can attend this event too. The details are on the Genealogy Roadshow website .
For those unfamiliar with Philadelphia genealogy, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP). will be featured. Many of the founding families have their genealogies recorded in book-form in a lovely room chock full of leather bound books of family histories.
Londoner Alamuddin is marrying George Clooney in Italy (It has been reported as in/near Venice). Didn’t I see this in a George Clooney movie before?
Ah, yes — in Intolerable Cruelty. Although this time miss Alamuddin is the lawyer and George is the divorcee.
Although if you are one of George’s cast-offs, this may be intolerable cruelty to you:
Sarah Larson, Krista Allen, Lisa Snowdon, Celine Belitran, Karen Duffy, Kelly Preston, Talia Balsam [ex-wife]. [list is here, with photos]. George is the nephew of Rosemary Clooney.
♥ This jester wishes the happy couple well and all the happiness the world has to offer !
In about three hours the World Cup, 2014 edition championship game will commence. Each team is represented by a Pope or a Pope Emeritus. So you know this is going to be religious battle for both teams … and soccer fans everywhere.
God’s Will !
What is your pick?
Who are the UK celebs of, “Who Do You Think You Are“? Stanczyk does not watch the UK TV, but this blog is #Global. But, I would watch the episode on Twiggy .
Why not bring some WDYTYA episodes from overseas back to the USA?
The details are at: http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.comUK .
Mary Berry, Brian Blessed, Billy Connolly, Brendan O’Carroll,
Martin Shaw, Sheridan Smith, Twiggy, Julie Walters, Reggie Yates, Tamzin Outhwaite
Perhaps you had a bad case of triskaidekaphobia and missed last Friday’s announcement that the Men’s 2014 Chess Championship will be held in Sochi this November. The re-match between Magnus Carlsen & Viswanathan Anand will be hosted in Sochi.
The agreement between Putin and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (FIDE President) will perhaps salvage Sochi’s reputation after all of the Olympic insults about it being less than suitable, unfinished site. This tournament will also be juxtaposed against the political climate since Russia annexed Crimea after Sochi Olympics.
The chess tournament is also going to be challenged by Russian finances, as the Bloomberg article indicates that Russia needs to add an extra $58 Billion to ease their bank system’s funding shortage putting at least one bank:
Sberbank is between Scylla and Charybdis
— an analyst at BCS Financial Group
Toss in a former chess champion, Russian Activist, Garry Kasparov (Га́рри Ки́мович Каспа́ров) and this tournament has all the making of another drama that could blow up in the face of FIDE and/or Putin. Stanczyk loves Slavic dramas!
Stanczyk is of the age when I remember reading Art Buchwald ‘s Pulitzer Prize winning commentary columns. I was particularly fond of his annual columns that repeated every year (like his Thanksgiving column where Miles Standish became the more French/metric Kilometres Deboutish) — so today’s blog is an attempt to start an annual tradition of a look back … 2013.
Now how to recall my life and thoughts in 2013? How do I elaborate upon my thoughts / muses ?
Should I summarize my blog posts? Recall major events? Highlight genealogical news? No! I had a brainstorm. I would review my year through TWITTER tweets; To be precise — just those tweets that I FAVORITED. Kind of a highlight of my best 140 characters in my twitter stream in 2013.
Why? Because I now want to propose that you my gentle-readers, also embark on this social experiment right along with me in 2014. This year I had no forethought. But next year, I want to capture the most compelling news stories or fascinating thoughts in science, religion, books, genealogy, etc.
Why FAVORITES? To limit the volume by sifting through the twitter stream. So I propose we use Twitter’s Favorite (star) and/or the tag: #2014Review to isolate just those tweets that we deem most worthy of saving/repeating at the end of the year.
Why you too? Because it will make a fascinating social study for some scientist somewhere to study Cloud-Think. Or possibly years from now some Historian plowing through the Library of Congress who collects all of our tweets will want to study the history of our thought, our collective brain power. What were they thinking? Well future historians … here is what was on our minds.
Back to my 2013 Year in Review. I was stunned by the volume of tweets that I “Favorited“. I guess I never thought about it before. I had been using my “Favorites” to be my twitter stream book-marks so I could recall something later on. Well a quick scan told me that I favorited responses from followers, or my wife. I also seemed to be obsessed with the University of Michigan (#GoBlue). I also had a slight penchant for clever humor (that being humor that struck my funny bone) too. Scan my two PDF documents, perhaps you will find an interesting tweet that you had missed in 2013. You may even find a new Twitter account that you want to follow ( Stanczyk assumes you already follow @Stanczyk_ … correct? If not, then do not let 2013 end without following my twitter stream.
JAN – 100 tiny swarming robots @ Harvard, iPhone 5s leaked images (arrives in Fall), French Court orders Twitter to release racist / Anti-Semitic users
FEB – PopSci – software that unveils the evolution of words, Pope Benedykt resigns (and the other 4 popes who resigned),
MAR – Gender Bias in US Visas, Ancestry.com Tweet to fix a bug (and they did!), OpenStack – Cloud Scalability
APR – Boston Marathon Bombing (Tsarnaew Saga), Louisville vs Michigan in Mens Basketball Final,
MAY – Oldest Known Torah Found, Genealogy Roadshow & UM 2013 Football Schedule Annonced
JUN – Patent Trolls & Turnip Truck (must have been a slow month)
JUL – The Internet Minute Infographic, Maurice Sendak‘s 1971 Yale Course, Forbes tweeted best companies for #STEM workers
AUG – Irish Poet, Translator Seamus Heaney died.; Oxford added to English language (Selfie). @MrMrs_ES was conceived.
SEP – All Tolstoy‘s works online, DISRUPTION in Management Consulting?, Diana Nyad swims Cuba to USA
OCT – Tea Party Shutdown of government [Carrot Tree Kitchen defies shutdown]; Amazon to create 6,000 jobs in Poland; 14th Amendment – Shutdown Solution? Lincoln Quote on coffee/tea [humor]
NOV – “Thanksgivukkah“, Pope Francis revives/revitalizes chief-alms giver, Kepler telescope found 833 exo-planets before it failed,
DEC – Ukraine unrest over EU treaty delay, Foxconn to build plant in Pennsylvania, UM vs Kansas in BWWB on Dec 25
It looks like I did not FAVORITE a few things:
- Mandela died
- Prince George was born and subsequently baptised [very big in this blog]
- Pope Francis is inaugurated March 19th [Argentinean Cardinal]
- Edward Snowden -release NSA data [June 2013]
- US Government restarted
- US Stock Market Highs
- Higgs Boson Discovery confirmed / Peter Higgs gets Nobel Prize
Most were in blogs or Facebook or in Twitter Tweets – just not favorited. So it is with this new found self assessment that I enter into 2014 and I resolve to record my FAVORITEs (and/or use #2014Review) to attempt to capture the most important events throughout 2014. Oh, I will undoubtably use it for bookmarks and humor or so I can find UM Football Schedule too. But I want to make a concerted effort to record current events for future historians from my eyes. How about you? Who is with me in this, Cloud-Think meme and will FAVORITE their tweets (or tag them #2014Review)?
Happy Holidays and a Happy Healthy & Prosperous New Year to you, my readers!
Thank you for making 2013 the most-read year so far for this blog — there were over 21,000 reads in 2013 alone!
So far the college football season has been great: Clemson-Georgia, Georgia-SC, Michigan-Notre Dame, Florida-Miami, Texas-BYU, plus a few FBS teams beat FCS teams. Its early but how are things shaping up relative to inter-conference play ?
So far the Big 10 (which as twelve teams in contrast to the Big 12 which has ten teams — but ignore the names).
Big 10: only three losses
ACC: only five losses, beat the SEC in two head-to-head, two ACC-on-ACC, so three losses really
PAC 12: only four losses, one of which was PAC12-on-PAC12, so lets call it three losses
SEC: only six losses, two of which were SEC-on-SEC contests so lets call it four losses
Big 12: only five losses, one of which was BIG12-on-BIG12 so really four losses
So Big 10, ACC, and PAC 12 are the leaders so far in inter-conference play. Who are soaking up the losses? American Athletic (9 losses, really 8), Mid American (15, really 14), Conference USA (16, really 15), and the Independents (including Notre Dame) with only six teams have seven losses.
So it is this jester’s opinion that the National polls are skewed to the SEC (which to be fair has won the National Title so many years in a row). None the less, the rankings need to be re-balanced upon this season’s truth not on last season’s results.
Next Week …
No. 1 Alabama vs No. 7 Texas A&M — Must see Game
A lot of Big 10 vs PAC 12 games this week.
My Picks …
Texas A&M over Alabama in an upset. TAMU is at home, but BAMA has had a week to prepare so it will be close. Alabama’s reign is over!
Nebraska over UCLA in a mild upset. Again Nebraska is at home and they have looked like a juggernaut. Nebraska has two games, but UCLA has two weeks to prepare. Stats slightly favor UCLA over Nebraska so I guess it is just the home field advantage I am hanging my hat on and Big Red having two games under its belt. Almost a toss-up.
Winners – Oregon, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Louisville,
Toss Ups – Washington/Illinois, Ole Miss/Texas, Boston College/USC
Wisconsin looks like Fielding Yost Point-A-Minute team, unscored upon so far. The biggest lock. It will be high scoring game (no defense played here unless it is by Wisconsin).
On the Toss-Ups take the home teams. USC must watch out for Boston College though.
It is now 1 month away from PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow. The series initial program airs Monday, September 23rd at 9:00pm EDT (1am GMT). The show is based upon the Irish TV version of the same name that PBS optioned and is produced by Krasnow Productions in the US.
Every Monday, 9/23 (Detroit, MI), 9/30 (Austin, TX), 10/7 (Nashville, TN), 10/14 (San Francisco, CA) PBS will air the one hour shows that will embody, “part detective story, part emotional journey, combining history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans.” The PBS show uses science and history to tell/verify genealogical stories with the most compelling finds shown on air in historic local settings. The four cities were chosen for their diversity of the American genealogical experience. The producers are breaking new ground, with a format that features an expert team of genealogists investigating ordinary people’s stories and then presenting them to a live roadshow audience in an historical setting.
Stanczyk will be waiting … anxiously.
Happy Birthday Matolek, sto lat. Koziolek Matolek (Matolek the Billy-goat) was born in 1933. You might say he put Pacanow “on the map”. You see Matolek wanted to go to Pacanow because he heard that you could get good (goat) shoes in Pacanow.
Now this charming character has always had a special place in Stanczyk’s heart, because my great-grandfather, Tomasz Leszczynski was a shoe-maker (szewc) / inn keeper. So perhaps Matolek would have bought his shoes from my great-grandfather. Did he ever find Pacanow? I do not know.
Well, it is now 80 years later and Pacanow is celebrating this cult-favorite May 31st – June 2 this year! Their program can be found here . Like Matolek, I too have been trying to get to Pacanow.